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Broncos’ defensive line quietly had a beast of an offseason

With some potential steals in the later rounds of the Draft, plus some great free-agent pickups and crucial re-signings, the D-line could be one tough unit.

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With so much focus immediately following the Broncos’ Draft weekend on the retooled offense, it was easy to see why wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni would be elated after the first two picks went straight to his position depth chart.

And one could argue that Mike Munchak probably enjoyed the weekend as well after getting two of the top offensive linemen in the draft and both at great value - Lloyd Cushenberry III in the third round and Netane Muti, who was considered a top-50 talent by many before injuries slid him all the way to the sixth round. Add in a prime free agent addition with Graham Glasgow, and it’s hard to believe Munchak could be anything but thrilled with his new reality.

But it’s possible that another coach is actually the happiest guy in the virtual room - which would be ironic since he’s not known for his comedic demeanor - and that’s Bill Kollar.

Kollar’s defensive line had a sort of stealth offseason as it retained two absolute beasts in Shelby Harris and Mike Purcell and also traded for standout tackle Jurrell Casey for just a seventh round pick this year to the Titans. With a more experienced Dre’Mont Jones heading into his second year, the D-line already had potential.

But then Elway added a couple of defensive gems in later rounds of the Draft and now it has promise.

The bear wrestler could be salivating over his current d-line fortune.

McTelvin Agim is a tackle from Arkansas that Caddy to the Lama told Joe Rowles could be the true steal of the draft for the Broncos - “When you turn on the tape, Agim’s athleticism just pops because he has such great short area explosion in every direction. He’s a 305-pound body ripping around guards, hitting spin moves, and jumping around offensive linemen in the run game making tackles for loss.”

Derreck Tuszka, a defensive end from North Dakota State who former MHR draft guru Christopher Hart has been touting all year.

Both rookies have high expectations for themselves.

Agim believes his pass-rush skills can easily transfer to the NFL.

“I feel like just getting off the ball and working my hands, being able to make moves and adjust in pass-rush, being able to hold the block, I feel like I did that pretty well,” he said. “The thing I feel like I have to improve on the most is just being more consistent because I’ve been able to do everything, but I need to make sure I can do it all on a consistent basis.”

Although Tuszka did not come from a top 25 team in a major conference, he is known for his high motor, which will certainly be a plus in Vic Fangio’s defense.

“I don’t take any plays off. I’m always trying to be a factor wherever the ball is at and wherever I’m at on the field,” he said. “There isn’t a play in my mind I can’t be a factor on. For pass rushing I keep it pretty simple. I don’t try to get too fancy. It all starts with a good off.”

It’s going to be fun watching Kollar develop this line.

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